Litany for the Earth

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LITANY FOR THE EARTH

( based on ‘Litany for the Earth’-Fran Pratt, & ‘Litany of Resistance’ Jim Loney )

Used on 4th December 2017, at the New Reformation of the Economy Vigil.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols
and never tell lies.

They will receive the Lord’s blessing
and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you
and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.
                 – Psalm 24:1-6

God, we lament the destruction that has been done
That we have permitted to be done
By our silence and inaction
And by our direct action
To the Earth – Your creation. *
Forgive us, Oh God.

Even now we realize that our home
Is suffering
Its inhabitants are suffering
From lack of clean water and air
 Lack of life-giving nourishment
 Lack of safe habitat.

Help us to become aware
Of the needs of humanity,
Of the needs of generations to come,
Of the needs of soil and creatures.
We acknowledge that we have a chance:
To choose peace over profit
To choose activity over complacency
To choose a Greater Good over today’s convenience.

Arouse in us a new compassion,
A new willingness to change,
A new excitement to foster community,
A new faith in the abundance of your Kingdom.
A new zeal for establishing the Peace and Justice of God,

A new desire to set the Earth to rights
A new understanding of the connectedness of all things,
A new appreciation of the gift of Earth. Amen

One: Blessed are the poor
All: For theirs is the kingdom of God
One: Blessed are they who mourn now
All: For they will be comforted
One: Blessed are the meek
All: For they will inherit the earth
One: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice
All: For they will be satisfied
One: Blessed are the merciful
All: For they will be shown mercy
One: Blessed are the pure in heart
All: For they will see God
One: Blessed are the peacemakers
All: For they will be called the daughters and sons of God
One: Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness
All: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

One: Deliver us, O God
All: Guide our feet to live lightly on your Earth
One: In humility, we ask
All: Guide our feet to live lightly on our Sister Earth
One: In humility, we ask
All: Guide our feet to live lightly on our Mother Earth
One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All: Have mercy on us
One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All: Free us from the bondage of sin and death
One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All: Hear our prayer. That we may live lightly on your Earth.

One: For our denial of our need for repentance from fossil fuels
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: For the scandal of our dependence on fossil fuels
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: For the scandal of billions wasted on fossil fuels

All: Forgive us for we know not what we do

One: For our lack of love for your creation
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: For the global oil and gas companies
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: For the coal mining companies
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do

One: For our scorched and blackened earth

All: Forgive us for we know not what we do

One: For the men and women training to extract and burn fossil fuels
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: For the scientists and researchers finding new ways to extract and use fossil fuels
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do

One: For all the advertisers and all men and women who perpetuate our delusion
All: Forgive us for we know not what we do
One: Deliver us, O God
All: Guide our feet to live lightly on your Earth

One: In humility, we ask
All: Hear our prayer. That we may live lightly on your Earth.

One: From the arrogance of power
All: Deliver us
One: From the poverty of materialism

All: Deliver us
One: From the tyranny of economic growth
All: Deliver us
One: From the ugliness of extractivism
All: Deliver us
One: From the politics of hypocrisy
All: Deliver us
One: From the hysteria of nationalism
All: Deliver us
One: From the cancer of addiction
All: Deliver us
One: From the seduction of wealth
All: Deliver us
One: From the addiction of control
All: Deliver us
One: From the avarice of imperialism
All: Deliver us
One: From the idolatry of economic growth
All: Deliver us
One: From the despair of fatalism
All: Deliver us
One: From the violence of despair
All: Deliver us
One: From despair and denial
All: Deliver us
One: From denial and spiritual death
All: Deliver us
One: From the death of your gift of glorious diversity of life
All: Deliver us
One: From the madness of avarice
All: Deliver us
One: From the fears of status anxiety
All: Deliver us

One: From the blasphemy of status seeking
All: Deliver us
One: From the demonic waste of our addiction to growth
All: Deliver us
One: Deliver us, O God
All: Guide our feet to live lightly on the earth
One: In humility, we ask
All: Hear our prayer. That we may live lightly on the earth

One: Obedience to God comes before obedience to human authority
All: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s
One: Let your will be done, not mine
All: With the help of God’s grace
One: Let us resist and confront evil everywhere we find it
All: With the help of God’s grace
One: With the killing of God’s creation
All: We will not comply
One: With the normalisation of addictive consumerism
All: We will not comply
One: With the propaganda of consumerism
All: We will not comply
One: With the rape of the earth
All: We will not comply
One: With the silencing of protest
All: We will not comply
One: With laws that betray life
All: We will not comply
One: With profit before planet
All: We will not comply
One: With the culture of consumerism
All: We will not comply
One: With the violating of our earth
All: We will not comply
One: With the destruction of peoples
All: We will not comply
One: With the building of walls to keep out climate refugees
All: We will not comply
One: With governments that are blind to the sanctity of life
All: We will not comply
One: With economic structures that impoverish and dehumanize
All: We will not comply
One: With the manipulation and control of public information
All: We will not comply
One: With economics that ignore the gift of God’s earth
All: We will not comply
One: With economics that neglect the care of God’s earth
All: We will not comply
One: With the perpetuation of violence against God’s earth

All: We will not comply
One: With structures that divide rich from poor
All: We will not comply
One: With the hypocrisy of political maneuvering
All: We will not comply

One: With the help of God’s grace
All: We will struggle for justice
One: With the compassion of Christ
All: We will stand for what is true
One: With God’s abiding kindness
All: We will love even our enemies
One: With the love of Christ
All: We will resist all evil
One: With God’s unending faithfulness
All: We will work to build the beloved community
One: With Christ’s passionate love
All: We will carry the cross
One: With God’s overwhelming goodness
All: We will walk as stewards of creation
One: With Christ’s fervent conviction
All: We will labour for truth
One: With God’s infinite mercy
All: We will live in solidarity with all people and all life
One: In the end there are three things that last
All: Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love
One: Let us abide in God’s love
All: Thanks be to God.

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